Tanis's parents are mad scientists who live outside of normal society. They locked up their own children on an isolated island and did experiments on them in secret, turning Tanis's older brother and three older sisters into strange creatures. One day, their parents were arrested, and the siblings were moved to another island by the welfare office. The trouble is that none of the siblings except Tanis know how to interact in modern day society...
What can I say? I really got exited for this anime, at first I thought "great another funny slice of life anime". I was really wrong about it. The story is about a boy named Deniss and his 4 siblings who were turned into monsters by their parents. the show shows how they suffer and try to live a normal life as a "human". the backstories are great too, they show how the characters had to cope at aa young age with their "psyhopatic" parents. The ep are quiet short and they left me empty after watching them, the
story also doesn't have a "main point" I mean if you refer to (little spoiler) Deniss is trying to change his siblings back to normal then it has, but often times eps are about random stuff. Well it is still a slice of life
the anime is actually of chinese origin that's why many watched only to ep4, since that's the point were curently is translated in japanese. If you don't want to wait you better just watch the episodes in chinese since it ended airing.
I went into this not sure what to expect. The premise looked interesting so I figured it was worth a watch. This turned out to be one of my favorites of the 2018 spring lineup. It's a shame this flew under the radar. It being a Chinese produced anime that was never picked up by any English licensers/streaming services most certainly contributed to it's obscurity.
This is yet another twist on the "monster girl" genre that seems to be ever growing in popularly. This time the main cast are siblings that all have some sort of experimental modification done to them. All but the
youngest sibling, Dennis, which is simply a genius. He is the one that tries to hold the whole family together after their scientist parents are sent to prison. It takes a very human approach of looking at the characters, and what it means to be so different in a society that doesn't accept their differences. I couldn't help but relate to some of these characters, as someone that doesn't always fit into society myself.
The animation is not spectacular, but the art style gives it some charm. I'm assuming this didn't have the big budget that most mainstream anime has. If this is the case, I think they did a pretty good job with the resources they had.
I have to mention the OP. It was one of my favorites of spring 2018. What's interesting about the opening is the singer is bilingual in Japanese and in Chinese. She made a version in Chinese and in Japanese for each dub. I thought that was pretty neat.
While not a 10/10, it's unique, and charming. I'm glad I took the time to watch it.
Frankenstein Family is an extremely rare Chinese manga adaptation that focuses on family bonds and maintains that every episode. The short 20 minute episodes successfully trim out harems, convoluted love triangles, confusing plots, and fanservice. The plot itself is slice of life level mediocre, with the monster family's focus frequently shifting in different directions and the child genius main character Tanisu causing those deviations by always being 100% child and 0% genius. I still watched it every week on release day because it reliably showed them facing challenges. The art scrapes the barrel pretty low where instead of making full use of the fact that
the characters are monsters living on a Chinese island, it feels like a barely interesting waterside town you can find anywhere. I suppose this is the most they could afford for a strictly promotional anime released simultaneously with the Japanese manga serialization. I'm personally very fond of woodwind, and they use it effectively in the show, however it does not work effectively in more dramatic scenes.
The main cast are innocent in the truest sense of the word as they are the results of scientist parents who viewed them only as test subjects but love them unconditionally. Which is ironic considering that they spend the entire show being suspicious of all the intensely generous people around them, creating a fulfilling sense of tension. You'll notice that the family hangs out together all the time despite them frequently getting into spats, and I think it defines their love much more vividly than other family focused anime. My favourite character is the plant-girl Ashise-neesan, and her character is summed up in what she's introduced as the siblings are fighting: "Ahh! The sunlight today tastes like strawberries!" The show is isn't changing anyone's lives with it being a cashgrab, but it presents a fresh approach to characters that I definitely want to see more of in the future. Is it worth your time? Sure.
The problem with so many normies swarming anime so much lately, is that great anime like these go unrecognized, lately more than in past years. Sucks, doesn't it? The story is touching and deep, the plot is great, which is not something I say often for non Japanese anime. However, the styling of the characters is well performed, the seiyuu work is great. (A little awkward at times, given that this isn't a Japanese anime.) Some smudges on the animation, and timing/tempo. However, putting those aside, and considering the fact that I literally had to take a break from anime because there just weren't good
shows that season or the one before) I have to say. I wanted to cry a bit during this anime.
So if you're looking for some cartooney, anime like naruto or something boringly popular like a dragon maid, then this is probably not your anime. This one is more of a FEELS and depth kind of anime
So yeah, maybe it's not a 10/10 kind of anime, but those six elements MAL asked me to review are definitely 10/10 to me.